Fantastic helmet therapy results for Baby Magnus's plagiocephaly
Earlier this year, mother Maria completed her flat head syndrome journey with son Magnus who started plagiocephaly treatment in November last year. Flat head syndrome, or positional plagiocephaly, is a condition that causes a baby’s head to become misshapen or flattened and tends to occur when small amounts of pressure over time create a flat spot. Magnus was 5 months old when he started treatment.
“Our son Magnus had developed severe plagiocephaly very early on and by 3 months we had decided that trying the LOCband was our best option” Maria says. The severity of positional plagiocephaly is often determined by an asymmetry score. Clinician Sally Hews says “his asymmetry was 16mm at the beginning, which is considered severe.”
Normally, after a diagnosis of mild plagiocephaly, a GP or clinician will instruct you to try ‘repositioning’ – a technique that requires you to continually move your baby’s head and body position to avoid them resting on the flattened side.
In moderate to severe cases of plagiocephaly, cranial remoulding therapy (we call our version of treatment the LOCband) is proven to be very effective at normalising head shape. The bespoke orthotic helmet is worn for 23 hours a day, is adjusted for growth and results may start to be noticed within the first month. Each bespoke LOCband helmet is made to fit a baby’s individual head shape.
“From the very start everyone at LOC was professional and friendly. Every step of the way was well-explained and measuring and fitting was quick.” Speed can make all the difference for parents who are anxious about their baby’s flat head diagnosis; the cut off age for treatment is around 18 months, because the skull plates move and are no longer malleable.
A consistent concern for lots of parents is that their baby will find treatment uncomfortable. Fortunately for Maria, like many others who decide to go ahead with treatment, she was surprised by how easily Magnus adjusted to wearing the helmet, “It only took Magnus one day to get used to the band and after that, he wasn’t bothered by it at all. And, most importantly, it worked!”
Significantly, Magnus’s plagiocephaly had reduced from 16mm to 6mm which is within normal range; “we took the band off after 3 months and the difference was amazing. We could have kept it on for longer to get a perfect shape, but decided that 3 months was enough” says Maria. “His head now looks completely normal. I would 100% get a LOCband again if we were to face the same situation again.”
You can see Magnus’s before and after scan results below. If you think your baby might have a flat head or if you are at all concerned about the shape of your baby’s head and would like an immediate opinion from one of our experienced clinicians, take some photographs of your baby from different angles (front, back, both sides and top) and fill in our flat head diagnosis form with your contact details and click submit. One of our plagiocephaly specialists will respond within 24 hours, and if they suspect your baby may have plagiocephaly, you can come in for a free initial consultation, with no obligation to proceed.
Click photo to enlarge PDF of Magnus’s before and after head scans